Pope Benedict XVI: Growth of Catholicism

Growth of Catholicism

Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday was presented the 2012 Annuario Pontificio, which is the annual yearbook of the Catholic Church.

The editions give a snapshot of the Church in 2011.

For example, in the last year, the Pope established eight new Episcopal Sees, one Personal Ordinariate, and one Military Ordinariate.

The growth trend in the number of priests, which began in 2000, continued in 2010.

There are now 412,236 priests, an increase of 1,643.